I was one of the few lucky recipients of the Promise Program
My name is Jenae Taylor, and I graduated with my Associates of Arts from MCC in December of
2011. I was one of the few lucky recipients of the Promise Program.
I volunteered most of my time at West Elementary School, where my mother teaches second
grade and where I went to elementary school as well. I volunteered in multi-age classrooms, and I
helped the art teacher with projects/room decorating and crafts.
While at MCC I also was the recipient of the Spotlight award. This reward went to students who
made a great impact while volunteering their time.
Both years I went to MCC, I also played for the MCC women’s basketball team. My coach at the
time, Pam Mason, was a great mentor and pushed all her girls to become strong, working women
just like herself.
After MCC, I continued onto Western Illinois University where I graduated in May of 2014 with a
major in Law Enforcement and a minor in Forensic Psychology.
In July of 2015, just over a year after I graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree, I was hired
by the Palatine Police Dept. I have been a police officer for about eight months now, and I love my
job more and more each day.
MCC and the Promise Program allowed me to follow my dream career path and helped get
me where I am today. The Promise Program made me realize how satisfying it is to help your
community and give back to all of the people who work so hard each and every day.